Wichita State University and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will sponsor Wink Hartman’s No. 67 IndyCar driven by Josef Newgarden this weekend in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.
Believed to be the first athletics department to sponsor a racecar, Wichita State is joined by Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission, Chester’s Chophouse & Wine Bar, Mort’s Martini & Cigar Bar, Jimmy’s Egg, Security First Title, and Paradigm.
Following a season that included the Shocker Volleyball program’s first-ever appearance in an NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen and the Women’s Basketball program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, Shocker fans will be able to take pride in seeing Wichita State’s official registered marks, including the university’s beloved Wu Shock on two separate panels of the No. 67 IndyCar.
Wink Hartman, whose donation to Wichita State resulted in the construction of the Hartman Golf Practice Facility, has a vision to promote the city of Wichita with his Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team. “We wanted to get more recognition for Wichita, Kansas,” Hartman said. “If we can get one person to move twenty-five jobs to Wichita, we’ve won.”
“This is a special time at Wichita State,” said Wichita State’s Director of Athletics Eric Sexton. “We are proud to partner with a great community supporter like Wink Hartman and show our pride in being a part of this wonderful community.”The Iowa Corn Indy 250 can be seen on ABC Sports at 1:30 p.m. CST on Sunday, June 23. Click here for more information.